Does The End Of Summer Mean The End Of The Housing Market?

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Does The End Of Summer Mean The End Of The Housing Market?

Doug Rogers Century 21 Millennium

 This time of year sellers start to get nervous. With children returning to school, the dog days of summer will soon end. Does the end of 95 degree days mean that home buying will come to an abrupt stop? Nope, let's examine why August should make school kids sad, but not necessarily home sellers.

1) Buyers have been distracted with back to school--As the parent of four kids, I can tell you the end of July/ early August is a blur. Uniforms, hair cuts, open houses, last minute trips, parents are simply busy. August is typically one of my slower months in the business.

2) The only "heat" will be in the home prices-- I showed houses most days in July. Touring properties in 100 degree heat is no fun. Let the temperatures drop just a little, and suddenly people want to look again!

3) With the school years come routine-- Summer can be a chaotic time for parents. Once school starts the kids have a place to be from 8-3:30. Thus it becomes easier for parents to tour a couple of homes on their lunch break.

4) As the weather cools off the real buyers heat up-- Like the mighty wildebeests, the "house hobbyist" is subject to seasonal migration patterns. You know the ones, those folks who like nothing better than to spend the afternoon looking at homes. Of course they have no intention of buying, home touring is a cheap date. Yes, a prospect once told me that. For some reason these folks move on to other "Freebies" come September. My guess is they hit the car lots...

 Home selling occurs year around in the Alexandria/Pineville market. Keep your home clean, because I may be calling to show your home soon!

Doug Rogers Century 21 Millennium

 Looking for a top real estate agent in Alexandria, Louisiana? Need help selling your Pineville Louisiana home? Call Doug Rogers with Century 21 Millennium (318) 613-1994.


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Renee Hearne
Crye-Leike Realtors - Maumelle, AR
Realtor, CRA, CPPS, MMDP

My son is 8 and will start 3rd grade. You're right for some summer is the best time for a move. But movtivated buyers and sellers act based on need.

Aug 08, 2012 12:06 PM #11
Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED
RETIRED / State License is Inactive - Portland, OR

The housing market will be around, and those buyers with school aged kids will have thought about it by now, but I get a lot of business when it's cold and rainy -- not a lot of buyer competition then ;-)  Savvy buyers know that!! 

Aug 08, 2012 12:11 PM #12
Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Doug,  let's hope not.  From the comments here it doesn't see to be what is happening in most markets.  With the extreme heat in your area I would think that the buyers would wait till cooler temps.

We say that the serious buyers who need to buy will come out no matter the weather.  I have shown houses in a blizzard as well as middle of summer.

Good luck!

Aug 08, 2012 12:11 PM #13
Ken Tracy
Keller Williams Realty Infinity - Naperville, IL
Helping clients buy and sell since 2005
Hi Doug. Nice post as always and congrats on the feature! August has always been a slow month, but fall is usually great! Thanks for writing! Ken
Aug 08, 2012 12:41 PM #14
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

While there may be times when we seem to be busier than others, the work and the phone calls are there all year roundl

Aug 08, 2012 12:57 PM #15
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Good for you.  Keep that attitude and nothing stands in your way! Go get 'em!

Aug 08, 2012 01:03 PM #16
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

There are different types of buyers throughout the year.  It is always a bit slow in July since it is a big vacation month in New Hampshire.

Aug 08, 2012 01:10 PM #17
Doug Rogers
Bayou Properties - Alexandria, LA
Your Alexandria Louisiana Agent

Thanks for the comments!

Aug 08, 2012 01:53 PM #18
Karen Anne Stone
New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County - Fort Worth, TX
Fort Worth Real Estate

Doug, I think that throughout the entire year, there is always a group or two of buyers who think that that is the best time for them to look for a home.  Even in Fall and Winter.  Lots of reasons why that works... there really are.

Aug 08, 2012 01:57 PM #19
Sajy Mathew
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Lancaster, PA
Making your real estate dreams become a reality!

This year has flown by!  My summer slowed down but I am looking forward to a busy fall season!  Time to get busy!!

Aug 08, 2012 02:06 PM #20
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Doug, some of our busiest times have been during the holidays and we also stay busy all year long, for which we are very thankful.



Aug 08, 2012 02:08 PM #21
John McCormack
Albuquerque Homes Realty * - Albuquerque, NM, Albuquerque Homes Realty

Doug... We're still on the move here in the ABQ and surrounding areas. 

Aug 08, 2012 02:55 PM #22
Jordon Wheeler
The Jordon Wheeler Group - Fairburn, GA
J W Group Real Estate Sales and Service

Hey Doug,

Definitely staying busy in metro Atlanta.  It's been year round for me for the last several years.  Best of success to you this year!

Aug 08, 2012 06:09 PM #23
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Real estate is year round. Buyers purchase all the days of the year because life waits for no one, does not follow a calendar.

Aug 08, 2012 10:59 PM #24
Herman Herrera

Yes real estate is year round but there are months that are slower than others.  

For me that time comes around the holidays...end of November to begining of January.  Between the holidays and the cold weather things quiet down a bit.  I use this time to grow my listing inventory.  I also scrutinize my marketing budget from the previous year to see what works and what doesn't and decide on what I'm going to try different in the coming spring.  Right now?  I'm very busy.  Thankfully!    

Aug 09, 2012 12:09 AM #25
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

My experience has been that there are people who want ice cream when its cold outside. They like it and they just want to have it or do it...As to housing, if someone wakes up one morning and wants to purchase, any day is a good day

Aug 09, 2012 12:09 AM #26
Joni Bailey
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties - Huntsville, TX
Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR®

It certainly slows down after the summer in my market. But we sell homes in the fall ~ just in time for the holidays! We sell in the winter ~ wanting to be in their new home for spring. In the spring, so they can be on the lake for summer.... ☺

Aug 09, 2012 12:37 AM #27
Jeanne Gregory
RE/MAX Southwest - Sugar Land, TX

We usually always hit a bump right before school starts, but then the weather cools a bit (very little bit) and we go again.  It's been a great year.


Aug 09, 2012 01:15 AM #28
Carol-Ann Palmieri
RE/MAX Executive Realty, Al and Cal Realty Group - Franklin, MA
"Cal" the Real Estate Gal

Hi Doug.  Nice post.   This question is always asked by people thinking to sell.   Some of the craziest times are the ones when you least expect it.  

Aug 09, 2012 03:49 AM #29
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

The best part of the year for selling real estate is just beginning. Buy or sell any time of year. 

Aug 09, 2012 04:54 PM #30
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